Our latest planning permission news from December and January:

Listed Building Appeal Won

We recently won an appeal for an extension to a Grade II listed building in Hampshire.

Back in 2012 Hart District Council granted planning permission and listed building consent for an extension to the property – work that Fowlers was not involved in. Our clients approached us in 2017 to get planning permission for some additional work. However, we realised that some previous works had been undertaken unlawfully due to a technicality.

So we helped our clients apply for retrospective consent and consent for the new work. Bizarrely, the council refused this permission. Then we took the case to appeal and in December 2019 the appeal was allowed by the Planning Inspectorate. Our clients can now go ahead with the works lawfully.

Permission in Principle for New House

In December 2019, we secured ‘permission in principle’ for a new house on a site in Hampshire.

The site falls within the ‘open countryside’ and the North Wessex Downs AONB, however the Council are currently unable to demonstrate a 5-year supply of housing land. Therefore, the Council were happy to support this small contribution.

Permission in principle is an alternative way of obtaining planning permission for housing development. It separates the principle of new buildings from the technical details, which are applied for at a later stage.

Extension in Conservation Area

In January we secured permission for a large two-storey front extension in a rural village and Conservation Area in Hart.

The proposal, which involved extending across the entire principal elevation, converting the loft and a new garage, will drastically alter the character of the house. From a run-down red/brown brick property, the extension will create a traditionally designed, rendered house. This will considerably enhance its aesthetic appearance while still preserving the significance of the Conservation Area.

It also turns the house into a fantastic family home, adding two bedrooms upstairs, and two reception rooms downstairs.

Stable Conversion in Gloucestershire

After a number of months negotiating, we were successful in securing planning permission to convert a former stable building into two homes in the small village of Shorncote. Although the building was not a traditional barn, the Council supported its conversion into a residential building.

Our designs show the barn separated into one 3-bedroom home and one 4-bedroom home. This will make a unique addition to the local area.

Barn Conversion in Hampshire

We recently obtained planning permission to convert this barn into two apartments.

The barn is close to two listed buildings and itself has some historic character, so a sensitive approach was essential. Our designs needed to be thoughtful to the interior and exterior layouts, as well as the landscaping.  One of the apartments in particular will benefit from a really unique double height space where the original barn doors are.

The proposal also involves removing part of a modern barn nearby, in order to create more space around the apartments. This will also improve the appearance of the historic barn.

How can we help?

Contact us for advice on all aspects of planning permission and architectural services for your project.

We can be involved in as many or as few stages of your project as needed.

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